Coats with speakers in them let everyone in the room know that you’ve arrived — in style

Designer comes up with unique speaker / clothing combination to make head turns

This is what happens when you take someone interested in fashion and send them to tech school. Meet Tesia Kosmalski — she’s the outside-the-box thinker here who come with a concept of wearing speakers in one’s coat for what she’s calling the “Echo Coats” series.

Echo Coats

Basically, the coats are meant for a woman (or man, if he is so inclined) to playfully announce their arrival in a public space. There are two variations: First is the “Adante Coat” which, as Kosmalski describes it, “teases the world around its wearer by uttering sensual cosmetic titles, originally meant to tempt her own purchasing power.” Interesting description — not sure what it means, but interesting nonetheless.

Adante Coat

The second variation is called the “Staccato coat” and it releases machine sounds from the shoulders to urge people near the walking speaker / woman to get out of her way.

Staccato Coat

Now, while the concept is certainly out there, its execution is actually pretty impressive. Technology involved includes mini-speakers — sadly, none of our good looking, ultra portable, super lightweight portable speakers were considered for this project — as well as headset microphones and iPods.

The MP3 players run a program called RjDj, a reactive music app that combines live environmental sound through headset microphone and sound programming within the iPod itself. The coats, in turn, use these mikes as touch sensors and sound detectors to influence the audio playback.

The mini-speakers, meanwhile, are hooked up to the MP3 player and embedded on the outside of the coats to turn any nicely dressed person into a walking sound circus.

It’s no doubt a notable feat, but when you consider that there’s a full line of quality designed portable speakers that you can wear ALREADY available on the market, this all seems a bit trite, no?

Disagree? Enjoy this very artsy video Kosmalski put together on the fashion below:

Hi-tech performance goggles allows action sport athletes to film from their POV

Very cool, very durable goggles for those who like to film extreme sports

Get ready to get your jaw dropped. This here fancy item is a new pair of extreme sport goggles called Zeal iON from Colorado-based Zeal Optics and they’re hitting the shelves just in time for the upcoming ski and snowboard season.

Zeal iON goggles

The goggles not only look bad-ass, they allow the wearer to film 1080p x 720p video using its built-in HD camera which oh-by-the-way includes a 170-degree wide-angle lens located right smack in between the eyes.

Zeal iON goggles camera

The Zeal iON camera automatically adjusts to light levels and has infinity focus to allow the wearer to easily record 8 megapixel HD photos. Functionality is easy, too, as controls can be adjusted without having to take off one’s gloves, thanks to the ingenious idea of putting the buttons on the side.

Zeal iON goggles control panel

The camera has a simple to figure out playback mode, making it quick and easy to replay footage, set up sequence shots, or record some timelapse photos. Also, as with every new piece of technology hitting the shelves nowadays, there’s a social media component built in, so the wearer can share video and photo right from the goggles to sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more.

As for actual functionality—you know, whether or not you can see through them—the goggles include high-density, anti-fog UV optics, all of which are encased in an impact-resistant frame with dual-strap adjustments. The Zeal iON includes a rechargeable lithium-ion battery with three-hour run time.

Close-up of Zeal iON goggles

All of it can be yours for the put-your-hands-in the-air-this-is-a-stick-up price of $399.

Vest hugs you every time somebody likes your Facebook status

Has wearable technology gone too far?

We here at Boombotix—we’re all about wearable technology. Heck, that’s one of the things the fine Boombotix customers out there love about our awesome piece of gadgetry—that they can wear their portable speaker wherever they go.

Wearable portable speaker

^Looking damn fine, if I do say so myself.^

But this invention here has got us scratching our heads. It’s called the “Like-A-Hug” vest and it was designed by Melissa Chow, Any Payne, and Phil Seaton. The three are MIT students, so they do possess the ability to think, but it appears as though they lack some common sense and good judgment when it comes to using their God-given smarts. You see, the thing that they come up with is an article of clothing best referred to as a “smart vest” and the way it works is that whenever someone “likes” the wearer’s Facebook uploads, comments, or status updates, the vest inflates to the give them a long-distance hug.

Like a hug inflatable vest

Hugs can then, in turn, be sent back by squeezing the vest to deflate it. Rather than me try and further explain this claustrophobic-person’s-worst-nightmare, here’s Chow explaining the idea behind the vest on her website:

Like-A-Hug is a wearable social media vest that allows for hugs to be given via Facebook, bringing us closer despite physical distance. The vest inflates when friends ‘Like’ a photo, video, or status update on the wearer’s wall, thereby allowing us to feel the warmth, encouragement, support, or love that we feel when we receive hugs. Hugs can also be sent back to the original sender by squeezing the vest and deflating it.

Check out video that the team put together below:

I don’t know—has the world hardened me so much that I can’t help imagine not being the one who wears the thing, but instead the one with a needle who walks by and pops it whenever I see one inflate? Does that make me a bad guy? Maybe, but at least I won’t be spontaneously inflating like a blowfish when I’m out and about.

Need a quick and easy Halloween costume? Use your smartphone

Rocket scientist comes up with fun, innovative way to stand out from the crowd

Meet Mark Rober: He’s a NASA engineer by day, Halloween costume designer by night.

Mark Rober costume

Last year, he gained some internet notoriety when he published his idea on using two iPad tablets to create the illusion of a gaping hole in one’s chest.

Mark Rober iPad costume

This year, he came up with a similar, though far more affordable way to use technology to stand out from the rest of the crowd: use your smartphone. The way it works is like this: you go to his site, DigitalDudz, and download a free Android / iOS app. Then you buy one of his custom made t-shirts (there’s always a catch) and duct tape your phone on the inside it.

Mark Rober shirt and smartphone costume

After that, clean up your face and make sure you look good—because everyone’s going to be staring at you.

Digital Dudz Halloween costume gif

The app offers 21 animations and videos to bring the t-shirts to life, ranging from animated eyes to beating hearts to oozing wounds and more.

Need something even quicker and easier? Try one of our wearable speakers — and go as the life of the party.

Video of Rober describing and showcasing the technology after the jump:

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Social media bracelet helps anti-social socialize better

Company makes bold attempt at bringing social media into real life

Amico bracelet

Have you ever been at a bar, party, rave, and wished you could just see other people’s Facebook profiles to get an idea of what they’re about without having to actually talk to them.

Yeah, me neither.

Funny gif

But the folks at start-up company Trovare have thought this sort of scenario out and now they’re betting their bottom dollar on the introvert market with their latest product, the Amico Bracelet.

Green Amico bracelet

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